The island of Tasmania is wonderful biking country, with fabulous beaches and magnificent mountains. This tour visits four National Parks where you'll enjoy close encounters with unique Australian wildlife. Learn about Australia's colonial history and bicycle to the very best lodges in the State.
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Day 1: Tour begins in Hobart
Highlights: Introductions, colonial HobartThe tour starts in the city of Hobart (pop. 195,000) Australia's second oldest state capital. Straddling the mouth of the Derwent River and backed by Mt. Wellington, Hobart combines the benefits of a modern city with the rich heritage of its colonial past. Hobart was founded as a European settlement in 1804. The imposing Georgian buildings, the attractive harbour and the relaxed atmosphere make Hobart a very enjoyable city. You will meet your guide who will tell you about Tasmania and what you can expect to see and do in the days ahead.
Day 2: Hobart to Orford
Highlights: Richmond, views of The Thumbs and Maria Island
We start cycling along the original stagecoach line to Port Arthur. We descend into Richmond, one of the most historic and attractive towns in Tasmania. We pass through the Coal River Valley, which supplied the area with produce in colonial times. Orford is the southern Gateway to the East Coast and is situated at the mouth of the Prosser River. The Thumbs (a mountain range to the south), and the majestic Maria Island dominate the topography. Maria Island is 20 km offshore and rises high enough to create its own weather and supports many alpine and rainforest plants found otherwise only in the distant west and southwest.
Hobart to Sorell (lunch): 45 km / 28 mi
Hobart to Orford: 104 km / 65 mi
Day 3: Orford to Freycinet
Highlights: Freycinet National Park
Freycinet Peninsula rises spectacularly from the sea. This massive granite outcrop, with its red and white peaks, soars to a height of 700m. The Great Oyster Bay area boasts many activities including fishing, water skiing, sailing, bush-walking, swimming, cycling and rock climbing. It also provides a haven for boats of all sizes. We cycle through farmland to arrive at Freycinet National Park, teeming with mammals, birdlife, reptiles and aquatic animals. This will be our home for two days.
Orford to Swansea: 58 km / 36 mi
Via Boreen Point ferry: 87 km / 54 miOrford to Freycinet: 119.5 km / 75 mi
Day 4: Freycinet Peninsula
Highlights: Rest day in Freycinet National Park, sea kayaking optionThe day is free to explore the National Park or simply relax on the beach. Optional activities today include hikes, both short and long, sea-kayaking tours and cycling day trips.
Day 5: Freycinet to St. Helens
Highlights: Bicheno, Chain of Lagoons, Elephant Pass option
Today we ride the scenic coastal road up the peninsula. We travel to Bicheno (Bish-en-oh), a fishing town set among rolling hills and white beaches, and then continue along the coast along past the Chain of Lagoons. Those who want a challenging ride can head up Elephant Pass, a steep and narrow but scenic route with an 8 km descent back to the coast road.
Coles Bay Turnoff to 4m Creek: 56 km / 35 mi
Coles Bay Turnoff to Scamander: 70 km / 44 km
Freycinet to St Helens: 118 km / 73 mi
Day 6: St. Helens to Scottsdale
Highlights: Weldborough Pass, views of Mt. Victoria, eucalyptus forests
We leave the coast and head into the mountains of the North-Eastern Highlands. We pass through dry bushland at first, then into the lush dairy country of Goshen and Pyengarna. After Pyengarna, we climb Weldborough Pass where there are spectacular views - Mt. Victoria to the left, Blue Tier and Goulds Country to the right. The road winds through forests of towering eucalyptus (Gum trees) and giant ferns. We cycle through fields of hops as we approach Scottsdale.
St Helens to Derby: 56 km / 35 mi
St Helens to Derby: 68 km / 42 mi
St Helens to Scottsdale: 102 km / 62 mi
Day 7: Scottsdale to Launceston
Highlights: Bass Straight
Our routes affords us spectacular views of Bass Straight and then a long descent through forests of myrtle and eucalyptus. The landscape changes from farmland to eucalyptus forest.
Top of Sideling Range to Launceston: 48 km / 30 miScottsdale to Launceston: 64 km / 39 mi
Day 8: Rest day in Launceston
Highlights: Launceston, The GorgeA rest day brings an opportunity to walk to "The Gorge" or visit the village of Evandale, site of the annual Penny Farthing bicycle race.
Day 9: Launceston to Sheffield
Highlights: Murals of Sheffield
Leaving Launceston, we cycle on quiet roads to Sheffield, a small town known for its murals. We pass through farmland and forest.
Prospect to Kimberley: 74 km / 45 mi
Launceston to Kimberley: 80 km / 50 miLaunceston to Sheffield: 106 km / 64 mi
Day 10: Sheffield to Cradle Mountain National Park
Highlights: Cradle Mountain National Park
Today's ride is short but includes a tough climb. The reward is magnificent mountain scenery. There is time in the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and take a short walk in Cradle Mountain National Park.
Sheffield to Cradle (sag hill): 52.5 km / 33 mi
Sheffield to Cradle Mountain Lodge: 58 km / 36 mi
Day 11: Cradle Mountain to Tullah
Highlights: Cradle Mountain National Park, downhill to Tullah
Early risers have a chance to climb Cradle Mountain while the rest head off on day hikes in the National Park. This afternoon, we continue cycling through the rugged and isolated mountains of the West Coast. Much of the day is downhill!
Bicycling Options:Cradle Mountain to Tullah: 58.5 km / 36 mi (downhill)
Day 12: Rest day in Strahan
Highlights: Coastal village, Gordon River cruise
Spend a day in Strahan enjoying its delights; try a ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway, get out on a river cruise on the Gordon River, or walk along the beach.
Day 13: Strahan to St. Clair
Highlights: Lake Burbury, Franklin River, King William Saddle
Today's ride is through superb mountain scenery. We stop at Lake Burbury for lunch. We cycle along the Franklin River, famous for its white water rafting. We climb the King William Saddle and head across the central plateau and cross Derwent Bridge. Feel free to stop for a drink at the pub before the last 5 km of gentle climbing.
Strahan to Lake St Clair: 78 km / 49 mi (taking the van over hills)Strahan to Lake St Clair: 140 km / 88 mi
Day 14: St. Clair to Hamilton
Highlights: Lake and mountain views
We cycle past several lakes and mountain ranges to the heart of Tasmania's hydro-electric generating area. We will enjoy a picnic together. The ride continues through thick highland bush followed by open farming country.
St Clair to Hamilton: 88 km / 54 mi (taking the van over hills)
St Clair to Hamilton: 109 km / 68 mi
Day 15: Hamilton to Hobart
Highlights: Return to Hobart, Molesworth Hill
We continue to Hobart, along attractive, quiet roads. We can either head directly into town or take the tough climb over Molesworth Hill.
Hamilton to New Norfolk: 39 km / 24 mi (via A10)
Hamilton to New Norfolk: 60.5 km / 38 mi
Hamilton to Hobart: 98 km / 61 mi
Day 16: Tour ends in Hobart
Highlights:Our tour ends in Hobart after breakfast. We wish you "bon voyage" and happy biking.
HighlightsFreycinet Lodge, vineyards, Maria Island, coastal roads
IncludesUse of a quality 24-27 speed bicycle, 16 days, 15 nights accommodation, 14 dinners(excluding drinks), 6 lunches, & 15 breakfasts
Arrive/DepartHobart Int'l Airport (HBA) / Hobart Int'l Airport
Total Distance394-704 miles (653-1158 km)
Daily Distance19-86 miles (31-140 km)
What to ExpectSome long days, with shuttles for those who want shorter mileage.
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|*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|
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